Earlier this week I had the privilege of attending a conversation at the carter center on the Rise of Islamophobia. It was a truly inspiring and thought provoking conversation, and I felt very lucky to be able to attend.
Throughout the talk I was thinking about ways I could bring some of the discussion to my students. I decided to put together a Slide Deck with key quotes, along with some teaching strategies, from Facing History and Ourselves, to help students discuss this difficult issue.
Please feel free to make a copy of this slide deck to use it with your students. As said in the talk, Islamophobia is not a muslim problem, it is everyone's problem - so let's get the conversation started!
I recently shared a short Choose Your Own Adventure Story on the Plague that I created with Google Forms. Our students have now played it soon and are starting to think about making their own. I created this video to show how to plan and then create a CYOA in Google Forms! (The video was made with Explain Everything, Quicktime and iMovie).
Send me any questions you have....and send me any CYOA students you or your students make!
I've been itching to do another living infographic. I was inspired by an interactive map piece I saw at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga and ordered supplies a while ago...but, because some of the supplies (the little post-it notes) were coming from Asia, it took a while for everything to arrive.
Working at an international school, you are very aware that your students and colleagues come from across the globe. I wanted to use this map display to visually represent that. I also know that with people who travel and live abroad a lot, they often call many place or no where home. I thought this display would be good to show off how international we are, but also to get the community to think about what home means to them.
Students and faculty were invited to take a post it note, with the color that represents their grade or if they are faculty. Then they write their name to it, and they pin it somewhere that is important to them or feels like home. They could put it where they live, have lived, were born, where their family are from, etc. Some students even asked to put two pins up.
the only problem was that the notes were not very sticky. I set up the display and dipped into my office for five minutes. When I came out I could see loads of people had contributed, but lots of the labels were on the floor. I added some pins and tape so people could make this last longer...but definitely felt gutted that so many had fallen.
The second part of the display asked students to share a memory, a tradition, something special...anything...about the place they call home!
I printed out QR Codes (made from QRStuff), cut them up and left them on the table. The QR Code leads to this fantastic video. 'So Where's Home? - A Film About Third Culture Kid Identity.'
I'll add more photos as more people add to this display. Please feel free to do the same thing in your school. You can also see another living infographic I created here.
Throughout the year I have a handful of 25 minutes Personal Project sessions for our advisory period. Although I designed these sessions, they will be led in by our Grade 11 mentors. Yesterday was the few session they lead, and because of the school being closed during Irma, they ended up running two sessions, during one block. I was thrilled this morning to receive emails from the advisors to say what a wonderful job our Grade 11s did. I am so proud of them!
The two sessions are:
Below is a video that I can not recommend enough! We watched this during the Personal Project Bootcamp at the end of Grade 9 AND we just re-watched in our Grade Level assembly.
At our school we are one to one Macbook. However, we have just given all teachers iPads in our math department, so they they can pilot flipping their classes with Explain Everything. My last school was one to one iPad, so I am excited to have them to play with again!
Here is the presentation I created to introduce them to the flipped classroom, and Explain Everything. You'll see on the last few slides I have created some tutorials and have also found other helpful tutorials and websites for our team. I cannot wait to see the fun content our teachers create!
Bonus - Enjoy this video I made playing about with some math ideas with Explain Everything. Just remember, I am not a math teacher! Also I recorded this all in one go, so it has a few mistakes and 'ums' and 'ahs'!